The Drumming Wing is one of only two schools within the British Army to teach musical skills from scratch.
Unlike the Corps of Army Music at Kneller Hall, the Drumming Wing takes students who have never had any musical grounding and provides them with the basic skills they need to play percussion, fife or bugle.
The Class 2 and 3 courses focus on basic musical skills up to a level where all students attending the course leave able to fit into a formed unit Corps of Drums. The course also teaches the traditions and history of the drummer, which maintain the skills of drumming throughout the Infantry.
The Drumming Wing runs two courses.
Class 2 and 3 course
The Class 2 and 3 Drummer’s course lasts 18 weeks and runs twice a year. The course has maintained a thin thread of military training which covers basic Military Annual Training Tests culminating in a section competition.
Students also take part in a charity event which they organise themselves. The aim of this is to do something for a local charity of the students’ choice and provide them with a sense of achievement at the same time as raising the profile of the Drumming Wing.
Class 1 course
The Class 1 Drummer’s course lasts two weeks and runs twice a year. The course involves the student looking in depth at transposing and writing music for a Corps of Drums.
The course has recently merged the Defence Instruction Techniques module which has given the course more strength and, in conjunction with the Drum Majors’ Drill Course, qualifies substantive Corporals for promotion to Sergeant.